Update 05.01.19: W. B. YEATS has appeared on the Irish Ferries live freight timetable from 14th January, taking over the schedule normally operated by ULYSSES between Dublin and Holyhead.
Irish Ferries brand new ferry W.B. YEATS arrived in Dublin Port for the first time yesterday morning, greeted by a traditional water salute from two of the ports tugs. She had left Holyhead at around 01:30 following berthing trials at the Welsh port, ‘slow steaming’ to Ireland overnight. The new vessel berthed at Dublin Port’s berth 49 at around 10:30, vacating it at around 15:45 and repositioning to berth 18 further upstream adjacent to the East Link Bridge. In the meantime the new vessel has appeared available to book on the Dublin to Holyhead route for the first time, replacing OSCAR WILDE on the ‘second ship’ roster, with bookings for sailings being taken from Friday January 25th. It is likely however that W.B. YEATS will enter service on the route prior to this date with ULYSSES expected in dry-dock from the
4th 7th January and the new ship likely to cover at least part of this maintenance, though no dates have yet been released for when this will happen. W.B. YEATS will debut on her primary Dublin to Cherbourg route in March 2019 with bookings already open.
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As a vessel likely to visit Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard for maintenance in the future, NI Ferry Site has been following the construction of W.B. YEATS closely since the order of the vessel was first announced in May 2016. An archive of updates is available here while a profile with updated technical data is available here.